Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC Home. Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman “was found dead in his bathroom of an apparent drug overdose” in his New York City home.
He was 46. An official cause of death has not been confirmed by NYC’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Hoffman’s family reportedly released this statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone.
This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”Hoffman won Best Actor at the the 78th Academy Awards in 2006 for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in Capote, and his big break came in 1997’s Boogie Nights.
Hoffman plays a prominent role in The Hunger Games movie franchise as gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, but there is no word on how his character will be handled in Liongate’s two forthcoming Hunger Games films.
Lionsgate could look to Universal Studios, which handled the future of Fast and Furious 7 after actor Paul Walker’s death in 2013, as an example of how to move forward with a film franchise after the tragic loss of a pivotal cast member.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Hoffman’s apartment was “at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.”